Ever feel stranded … ?

Like – seriously stranded? Like you wanted to make something with so many strands, just strand after strand, dripping and shining and gleaming … well – our multistrand clasps are da bomb – which is a good thing. What is especially good about these new clasps in particular is that they are a friction fit, instead of magnetic, so they are not going to stick to your pliers, and they won’t mess up your pacemaker! That is, if you have one.  We have lots of new multi-strand clasps this week, and to make it easier to find, we’ve added a …

Learning a new skill is good for your health!

Did you know that crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity? In fact, recent studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities, including jewellery-making, can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness. Since March is National Craft Month, there is no better time than now to try a new jewellery technique! A number of our instructors are offering NEW classes. Wire-workers of all experience levels will love Jennifer Rosen’s Coiled Pendant class. Bonni Poch gives us a new project with her Cellini bangle class – a great way to learn tubular peyote. Students will …

Pretty Little Things

Isn’t it fun when you open a drawer and find something nice you had forgotten about? We found these in a drawer – Malliga thinks she made them when we were back in our old location! She just put them together with random beads – she “thinks” they might have come from an Auntie Gwen mix, or maybe just – you know – found where ever. I found a bead in the dog’s water dish yesterday. Beads all over the place.  We all live in a hoard of pretty, shiny, happy – stuff. The technique is hard to explain, but …

InspirationFX: Treasures From the Sand

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Treasures From the Sand by: Lee Metsalo These desert-coloured Kazuri-style beads called out to the Unburied Treasures part of the store, they all met in the middle, added some copper wire, and  this is the result of their meeting.     This is a basic wire sculpture project – if you’re not sure what your squiggle will look like, take some scrap wire pieces and do a few samples, no plan, just use your pliers and squiggle away.  When you have your basic shape for your squiggle, take enough wire for however much sculpture you …

The Business Chat – Know where your customers are

Her name is Tricia. She’s a 48 year old lawyer. With a very decent income Tricia has a lot of disposable income however she isn’t a shopaholic. Tricia buys what she likes when she likes, she doesn’t shop as a hobby. She is a careful collector with a good eye. Tricia travels once or twice a year, to places that interest her, not resort type holidays. Since she’s busy with work, she doesn’t spend a lot of time on social media, a little facebook sometimes, and a lot of email.  Susan is a 42 year old teacher and mother of …

Sale this week – and next! 30% Swa. Bicones!

On Sale this Week 30% off Swarovski Bicones! sale runs till Mar 4!! midnight!! More time to shop! Sale ends on the Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight. Also – check out these spring cleaning specials! 30% off Spikes 30% off Daggers 50% off Lantern-inspired Lucernas 35% off Simplicity Spacers 70% off Swarovski Crystal Letters rhinestones! 50% off Vertical letter cubes 50% off Big Bold Swarovski Fancy stones

A Long Time Ago — Farfalle away … at BeadFX

In a galaxy farfalle away – there lived a powerful clan of mighty warriors. They doggedly patrolled all the borders, and so they were known as the Kollie Warriors. But then, they all got depressed, and were very sad, and they became known as the Melon-Kollie Warriors – and in their memory – we have – Melon-Cut beads. Actually – these melon cut beads have vertical ridges in them like a pumpkin or other similar melon or gourd. This has long been a traditional shape for fine gemstone beads – think Cartier – but they are fun like this too. …

Discovering more about…Hadar’s Clays!

When metal clay was first developed in Japan in 1990, it was only available in silver. The clay-like pliability of this substance allows users to fashion pieces that, when fired using a torch or kiln, creates metal components that can be used in a variety of jewellery applications. In essence, atomized particles of metals such as silver, gold, bronze, copper or steel are mixed with an organic binder and water and can then be shaped, textured, extruded or pressed into molds. During firing, the binder burns away leaving pure, sintered metal. There are several brands of metal clay available on …

The Seriously Cool JoolTool

This is one seriously cool tool. The JoolTool is a polishing and grinding machine – not so revolutionary by itself. But it has two very important features that really set it apart. The first is the ease and speed of changing the grinding disks, polishing wheels, etc. Seconds – literally. Watch the video below if you don’t believe me! The tapered spindle is the key – the disks just spin on and spin off. I personally have a different brand of multi-function grinding/polishing machine, and let me tell you – it takes 15 minutes, a crow-bar, and much cursing to …